Enter your email address for weekly access to top multifamily blogs!

Multifamily Blogs

This is some blog description about this site

Denver Apartment Trade Show-May 20, 2009

How many of you apartment managers, apartment personnel, investors, contractors are going to the Denver Apartment Association Trade Show at the Merchandise Mart on May 20, 2009? Not many? A Few? None?With today's economy, it's more important than ever to get the best value for your money? Am I right? So IF you are going to the Trade Show; and IF you want a Reputable Vendor who can assist you with your cabinet, countertop, or custom casework needs, then you need to stop by our booth #414-Front Range Cabinets and visit us. At Front Range Cabinets, we offer over 8 Different cabinet lines, everything from Truckloads for Multi Family Projects to single kitchens. From Contractor cabinets to Semi Custom as well as Frameless cabinets. Are you looking for Countertops for a project? We do laminate in house and have access to Granite, Quartz, and Solid Surface materials as well.Custom Casework needed? We do that too. We build in house our own Frameless cabinets and have done MANY Teller lines for Banks, Custom desks, and cabinetry. Do you need cabinets, countertops, or casework delivered or installed? We can help you with that as well.Give us an opportunity to give you a competitive quote on your next project. Front Range Cabinets wants to work with you and will offer you not only competitive pricing, but exceptional service, delivery, and installation.Look us up and lets talk about how we can help you upgrade your property to get higher rents, remodel to sell a property, or just......
Continue reading
5101 Hits
0 Comments

Banners - It's all about the application...

I can't tell you how many times I'm on the phone with a customer / potential customer and all they know is they want a banner and all they're doing is shopping price...."I just want the $99 banner, whatever size that is" they say. Big mistake!  Of course, my next question is, "where is the banner going to go?, what color background is the wall?", etc.It's all about the application! You're never going to drive traffic if the banner, signs, flags, etc. can't be seen, or don't stand out.Here's an example, you want to put a banner on the side of your building. And you like the 3x10 banner that my friends at some other big catalog house talked to you about, it looks great, etc., but you'd be putting a 30 square foot banner into a 200 square foot space.  Trust me, your beautiful new banner will look like a postage stamp on that wall, the worst thing you can do is not "fill the space".  Bottom line, you'll have to spend more $$.  To really make that banner stand out on that wall, you'll probably need a 120-150 square foot banner.Now what about the background color?  If the wall of the building is brick (red), then you'll want a banner color that contrasts with red, like maybe white, ivory, or yellow.  If you put a blue banner on a red wall, it simply won't be seen as well, it won't attract the attention you need it to, and your traffic won't increase....you get the picture.So,......
Continue reading
2744 Hits
0 Comments

Walking Through Fire Into a Community

Quick story from my daily life at AptConnect. One of the weak spots of AptConnect is that so many companies simply don't know about us yet, no matter how incredibly jaw-droppingly cool our product is. ;) So we end up doing a lot of "outreach" marketing to communities in our local market (even though we are a national company). We haven't quite gotten the hang of individual community marketing yet since it is so much different than selling to the corporate side, which means we're not sure if doing a walk-in approach is better or worse than setting up an appointment. Either way seems about 10 times more difficult than getting an appointment with a corporate executive, which is surprisingly easy. So if you have any suggestions on this front, please let me know!Anyway, I called up a community today and before I even could explain what we do, she said, "we're already doing that." I could have just invented Cold Fusion or a way to end world hunger, and I guarantee that I would have gotten the same, "we're already doing that." We are extremely unique and I can guarantee that they are NOT working on anything close to what we have to offer, and it got me thinking: I wonder how many opportunities they are losing out on because of the knee-jerk reaction of trying to get the salesperson off the phone. There are TONS of great cross marketing opportunities, unique differentiating products and services, and a host of......
Tags:
Continue reading
2492 Hits
0 Comments

The Ugly of Supplier Consolidation

I am admittedly way behind on my industry reading, so I just finished going through December's Units magazine. Near the end of the magazine, I found an article that discussed finding "savings in supply chain management." One of the big suggestions was to use one vendor across multiple needs, which could potentially lead to higher order volumes and bulk discounts as well as reductions in expense due to fewer cut checks. Wilmar Industries' David Record noted that the cost to cut a maintenance-related check totaled $35 to $90 in staff and admin expenses! That number shocked me, as it should you, too. Admittedly, there might be some sort of controls involved with inventory management that take time, but there's no way it should take that much expense to cut a check. That's especially true as more payments move online in a more streamlined manner.

In the end, that cost better reduce because the article does not discuss the negative of supplier consolidation. Let's take a supplier that is great with product/service A but does a marginal, although not horrible job at product/service B. I've seen companies go ahead and combine the two functions for some sort of supply chain management benefits, even if they ended up getting a substandard product. As the costs with dealing with a separate supplier decline, hopefully this type of supplier selection will disappear, as well.

Tags:
2307 Hits
0 Comments